NY1 For You: Homeowners In "Safe" Buildings Still Spend Weeks Without Power
Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Power Authority are rushing to finish power restorations for thousands of city residents who remain in the dark, but some Staten Islanders whose homes were largely untouched by Hurricane Sandy cannot understand why they went without power for so long. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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Residents along Littlefield Avenue on Staten Island say fortunately their homes were spared major damage from Sandy, unlike some of their neighbors who suffered devastating losses.
"The water did come up the street but it ended a couple doors down," says Anna Donlon, a resident.
"None of these homes had water damage over here," says Frank Vitale, another resident.
Homeowners say Con Edison shut off power to their neighborhood before Sandy hit as a safety precaution. After the storm, the Department of Buildings inspected their homes and left green notices, meaning the buildings sustained no structural damage.
But after numerous visits from Con Ed and two weeks without power, they were still in the dark.
"The devastated areas are only about 500 feet away and they've had power since day three of the storm. It's been 15 days," says Vitale. "We’ve made numerous phone calls to different representatives from Con Edison."
"Every time we call them we get a different story," says Sally Konopka, a resident.
The last they heard was they needed to hire licensed electricians to certify it was safe to turn the power back on.
When NY1 was out at the location, the crew ran into Con Ed crews checking meters. Coincidentally, a few hours later, power was finally returned to the houses, without certification from an electrician or explanation from Con Ed.
NY1 called Con Ed to clarify the restoration process and a spokesperson told the station whether or not damage was done, an inspection must be made by either a licensed electrician or a Con Ed task force employee to clear the premises for power restoration.
But apparently that was something the Littlefield Avenue homeowners didn't need.